The Heart Sutra

Prajna Paramita Hridaya Suttram

Avalokitesvara, the Bodhisattva of Compassion, doing deep prajna paramita, clearly saw that the five skandas are sunyata, thus transcending misfortune and suffering.

"O, Sariputra, form is no other than sunyata, sunyata is no other than form. Form is exactly sunyata, sunyata is exactly form. Feeling, thought, volition and consciousness are likewise like this.

"O, Sariputra, remember, Dharma is fundamentally sunyata, no birth, no death. Nothing is defiled, nothing is pure. Nothing can increase, nothing can decrease. Hence, in sunyata, no form, no feeling, no thought, no volition, no consciousness. No eyes, no ears, no nose, no tongue, no body, no mind. No seeing, no hearing, no smelling, no tasting, no touching, no thinking. No world of sight, no world of consciousness. No ignorance, and no end to ignorance. No old age and death and no end to old age and death. No suffering, no craving, no extinction, no path, no wisdom, no attainment.

Indeed, there is nothing to be obtained. The Bodhisattva relies on prajna paramita with no hindrance in the mind. No hindrance, therefore no fear. Far beyond upside down views, at last nirvana. Past, present and future, all Buddhas, Bodhisattvas rely on prajna paramita and therefore reach the most supreme enlightenment.

"Therefore know, prajna paramita is the greatest dharani, the brightest dharani, the highest dharani, the incomparable dharani. It completely clears all suffering. This is the truth, not a lie.

"So set forth the prajna paramita dharani. Set forth this dharani and say:

"Gate Gate Paragate Parasamgate Bodhi Svaha."

This translation was done by the San Francisco Zen Center.
They no longer use this exact translation. They have improved it.
However, this is the way I memorized it on my pilgrimages,
so I continue to say it this way.

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The Heart Sutra in Japanese

Don Weiss
Last Revised 3 February, 1996
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